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50 countries ground, ban Boeing Max 8 planes

IANS  |  Washington 

A total of 50 countries, including the US, has either grounded or banned the 737 Max 8 planes following the crash of an Ethiopian plane of the same model that killed all 157 people on board earlier this week.

US spoke to the media before the Federal Administration (FAA) on Wednesday grounded all 737 Max jets in the country, reported.

"I didn't want to take any chances. We didn't have to make this decision today," Trump said.

"We could have delayed it. We maybe didn't have to make it at all. But I felt it was important both psychologically and in a lot of other ways."

Trump said his decision was fact-based, even as he admitted it was made partly with regard for the mental well-being of American travellers.

"The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern," he added.

Of the more than 370 737 Max jets in global fleets, 74 are flown by US airlines, according to the FAA. Those include United Airlines, Southwest and American

also took action against Boeing 737 Max 8 planes on Wednesday evening, just hours after the US' decision to suspend the planes' operation inside the country.

The General Directorate of Civil said they were banned until further notice to "guarantee the safety and confidence" of aircraft flying in Mexican airspace.

On Thursday, and joined the list of countries that have suspended operations of the planes

South Korea's largest airline, Korean Air, announced it would be putting on hold plans to introduce Boeing 737 Max 8s into their fleet.

Thailand's Civil Authority announced all operations of Max 8 and Max 9 planes would be temporarily suspended until midnight on March 20.

Some of the other countries that have moved to ground 737 MAX aircraft include India, China, the European Union, the UK, and

Meanwhile, the black boxes from the flight 302 will arrive in for analysis on Thursday morning, a vital clue into what caused the Nairobi-bound aircraft to crash six minutes after take-off from

The (BEA) will conduct the investigation into the recorders but a for the bureau said they wouldn't be announcing the results.

"Only the Ethiopian authorities will report on the progress of the investigation. There will be no press conference," a BEA told

Sunday's crashcame less than five months after a Boeing 737 Max 8 - the same type of plane - plunged into the Sea minutes into the flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

Both planes were new, delivered from Boeing just months before their doomed flights.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 10:46 IST